Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is there vehicle support?


All our tours have vehicle support ensuring that you do not have to carry heavy bags from place to place. It is worth remembering however that our trips are planned, so as to avoid cars, roads and traffic whenever we can. It is not always possible to have immediate access to the support vehicle. Indeed in the National Park areas we visit, vehicles are expressly prohibited from entering.

  • What happens if I can't keep up?


There will always be a guide on hand to help and there is never any pressure to keep up with the rest of the group. Stop, take pictures, have a rest or a drink. This is your holiday and you will not be rushed! If the need arises and you require access to the support vehicle, your guide will escort you to it!
 

  • Can I bring my own bike?


Yes. BA Easyjet, Olympic and a host of other airlines flying into Athens accept bikes on their flights. Some such as BA and Easyjet will increase your weight allowance to allow for the extra weight of the bike. It is not necessary to buy a bag or special box before flying, simply take the wheels off and bubble wrap the bike yourself, or alternatively ask your local bike shop to pack your bike in an old cardboard bike box. Give the airline a ring before you book to check on their current policy regarding bikes.
 

  • Is the cost of flights included?


No. On every trip, we suggest a flight for you to catch. You are of course free to book this flight or any flight of your choice. We will meet you at the airport or alternatively arrange a taxi for you to the Hotel should your flight arrangements be different from that suggested. Remember the earlier you book your flight, the cheaper it is! Flights to Greece can be booked with the following companies:

British Airways (0845 773 3377) flies to Athens from Heathrow and Gatwick and Birmingham. From £99 return. EasyJet (0870 600 0000) flies from Gatwick and Luton to Athens from £57 return. Olympic Airways (0870 606 0460) flies to Athens from Heathrow and Manchester, and to Thessalonika from Gatwick From £132 return. Olympic also flies to many islands via Athens from £213 from Heathrow, and from £223 from Manchester. For other regional departures, call a consolidator. Benz Travel (020 7462 0000) has fares to Athens from Edinburgh, Bristol, Teesside and 15 other airports from £152, with KLM via Amsterdam; or try Expedia (0870 050 0808); or The Flight Centre (0870 890 8099). There are no scheduled flights, to Greece from Ireland, but Gohop.com (01 241 2389) has fares from Dublin to Athens from ?428, with Air France via Paris.
 

  • If I book my own flight, can I be sure the trip will run?


We run every trip as scheduled with a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 16 people.
 

  • How much is it to rent bikes?


Our hard tail bikes have front suspension and are maintained to the highest standard. Bike rental is Euro 125 for the duration of any trip offered.
 

  • Who are the guides?


Our guide leaders are mountain bike enthusiasts who are based in Greece. They have an in-depth knowledge of the areas in which you will be travelling and will share with you their love of Greece, its history and its beauty. Our guide leaders have sat and passed basic first aid courses.
 

  • How far do we cycle each day?


Daily distances vary according to the tour you take, but off-road tours usually Average out at approximately 25/30 miles a day. Beginners' courses are less.
 

  • Can I come on my own? Is there a single supplement?


A large proportion of our guests, both men and women, come on their own. Prices are based on shared accommodation with 1 person of the same sex. You can however have a room to yourself by paying a small supplement.
 

  • How do I know my money is safe?


To fully protect your holiday payments, all monies paid by you to us are held in a Client Trust Account. This account is administered by an independent trustee and your money is not released to Bikegreece Ltd until your holiday has taken place or the services comprising your holiday have been paid for.
Additionally, if you pay by credit card, The Consumer Credit Act 1974 makes the credit card company liable for any breaches of contract. Should we, for instance, cease operating or the holiday is unsatisfactory, the credit card company is equally liable to reimburse you.
 

  • When shall I visit, what shall I bring and what shall I wear?


Do bring suntan/mosquito lotion and calamine lotion, a small rucksack/bum bag for extra clothing, camera and snacks. For those with a liking for wild plant and fauna, the months of March until June and October to December are ideal, the countryside blazes with flowering herbs and marquis. Bring a waterproof in case of the odd shower. In June and September, the weather is warmer, but not unbearably so and special care is taken during these times to ride in the shade where possible and to rest during the heat of the day. We suggest light breathable t-shirts. Bring a sweatshirt/jumper for your evenings in the mountains. Temperatures in January/March can drop to zero, with snow on occasions. In April/May and October/November, temperatures in the 60s and 70s during the day are the norm, but can drop appreciably at night in the mountains.
 

  • How many people will be in my group?


A minimum of 1 and a maximum of 16. Between 5-12 is the norm.
 

  • Should I bring spare parts for my bike?


We suggest you have your bike serviced before your trip. This being the case, 2 or 3 inner tubes, a puncture repair kit and some chain lube should suffice. If you hire a bike from us, we will provide all necessary spare parts.
 

  • Do I have to wear a helmet?


A helmet is also required at all times for those on our on road cycling trips. Mountain biking is a potentially dangerous activity, so helmets and cycling gloves are compulsory safety equipment for off-road cycling. We would strongly recommend eye protection too. Good quality glasses (dark and clear) which will protect the eyes from the sun, and from branches, particularly when tackling single track. For those opting for our "challenging" trip, the single track can be narrow and the Mediterranean plants and trees can scratch the legs and forearms. Our guides wear long socks (Umbro style football socks being ideal) and forearm protection (long wrist supports are good which almost reach the elbow), as well as eye protection at all times. You may wish to follow our guides example!!
 

  • Why do we ask you to pay a local charge on arrival?


A large proportion of our overheads are paid by us in Euros. Asking you to pay a proportion of your holiday in Euros helps to protect us against untoward exchange rate fluctuations.